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D40 Rec Portrait Lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Zeeman, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Zeeman

    Zeeman Guest

    Looking for recommendation on a portrait lens
  2. Nikon 50mm 1.8 would be a great start.
  3. panda81


    Feb 7, 2008
    That won't autofocus on a D40 though.
  4. MF practice is always good.:smile:
  5. sagar


    Jun 29, 2008
    I am in same position and I think 60mm AF-S may be good option?
  6. panda81


    Feb 7, 2008
    Good point! :smile: But just wanted to warn the OP, in case he/she isn't interested in MF..
  7. Sigma 50-150 HSM?
  8. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    very much so...the 30 1.4 isa dandy as well:cool: 
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  9. sagar


    Jun 29, 2008
    Thats really cool :d Will 30/1.4 autfocus on D40 and how would be the speed. I heard Tamy 18-50 with builtin motor is not that good or rather bad on D40 any such issues?

  10. yes & fast
    30 1.4 is HSM (aka AFS)
  11. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    yup, the sig 30 1.4 is HSM...it af's on the d40
    ...again on the d40 @1.4
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    :Love: this glass!
  12. Yes, it works nicely for that. I will try to post a couple of examples tonight.
  13. slappomatt


    May 13, 2006
    San Diego CA
    I think the sigma 50-150 2.8 would be a killer portrait lens. I'm sure the nikon 60 2.8 AFS micro would also be decent. although over priced IMO.
  14. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    Nonsense, the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 is a fantastic lens, but if you're looking for portraiture I'd go for something faster or longer for subject isolation, like the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, or the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 which will both AF on your D40.

    The Nikon 60mm Micro is quite extravagantly expensive seeing as you won't be using it for macro photography, and there are cheaper and better portraiture lenses that AF on your D40!
  15. mikechang


    Jun 9, 2008
    San Diego
    If you don't mind MF,
    try Voigtlander 58/1.4
    it's hard to beat the build quality of this lens....
  16. Tamron 28-75 2.8 is a jewel and bargain.
    The 70-300VR also get really nice results.
  17. Is there a motorized version of the 28-75/2.8? I know they've updated the 17-50/2.8 to include a conventional (not AFS style) micro-motor. Have they done the same to the 28-75/2.8?

    I'd consider the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro HSM as a good portrait lens that can be used as a walk-around or normal-zoom as well... if you're looking to kill those two birds with one stone. If not, the 30/1.4 and 50-150/2.8 are both great recommendations, as is the 70-200/2.8 EX HSM. I guess the deciding factor will be what type of portraiture you're looking to do and what else you're looking to use the lens for (normal-zoom, macro, telephoto)

  18. I think so. Here are a couple of portraits with the AF-S 60:

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    Eleanor, Easter 2008

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  19. rgordin


    Jun 3, 2008
    Washington, DC
    Nute: You are driving me crazy with your wonderful photos.

    I haven't learned much about pp yet. If you don't mind, could you tell me how much of the end result of the photos you post typically involve pp, what you use and what is typically involved.

    To Zeeman. Check this thread as well: https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=180010 Nute's photo at the bottom of the first page killed me. Made me want that lens, though I know it is Nute more than the lens.

    The lenses in that thread certainly not the only portrait lenses. I just bought a 50 1.8 for the D40 - it was inexpensive and I know I will get a Nikon on which it can AF (though I may keep the D40, which I think is a wonderful camera). If you don't mind not having AF, you can also consider an 85mm. However, for frequent use on a D40, I would go for a lens that will auto focus.
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  20. mematsu


    May 2, 2007
    los angeles
    IMO, the 30mm is essential for general low light use. Can be used(incredibly illustrated by Nute), but I do prefer longer for head/shoulder shots.

    The 50-150 is really nice. Very versatile focal range and great image quality.

    The 60 AF-S was one of the best performing lenses I've ever used. If it was a little longer focal length, I'd still have one.

    I have a Sigma 70-200 now and it could be used, but is a whole lot larger than the 50-150.

    Manual focus and manual metering opens up a huge assortment of possibilities and is fun, but for me most of my subjects are hard enough to catch with the fastest of auto focusing lenses.
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